Love Makes a Fool of You is Aileen’s first recording of a Billy Roche song. Billy originally composed the song for his film Trojan Eddie (Film Four/Irish Screen, 1997) starring Richard Harris and Stephen Rea. It was sung in the film by legendary Irish singer, Dolores Keane. Billy and Aileen have worked closely together on this new rendition of the song, accentuating the french nuance of the piece and Billy has included a french verse.
Wexford musical legend and life-long associate of Billy, Mike Odlum, was called upon for musical arrangements and plays piano and bass. Billy brings his own unique guitar-style to the song. Violinist Emily Redmond plays beautiful string sequences and Karen Nic Sheoin accentuates that french feel on the accordian. The hubbie, Pete McCamley, is drafted in to keep the beat on drums.
Billy and Aileen are already working on the next Roche song which is planned to be recorded in early 2015. Album launch is scheduled for later next year. Watch this space.
Aileen and Billy have been friends for nearly 20 years. He gave her first professional role in his production of “Amphibians” in Wexford and at The Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin in 1998. Billy is best known for his three full length plays forming The Wexford Trilogy, which all premiered at the Bush Theatre in London, directed by Robin Lefevre:A Handful of Stars (1988) Poor Beast In The Rain (1989) Belfry (1991)Other Plays by Billy Roche: Amphibians (RSC 1992); The Cavalcaders (Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1993; Royal Court 1994) On Such As We (Abbey Theatre, Dublin 2001) and Lay Me Down Softly which had its first performance at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin in November 2008. His books include: Tumbling Down (Wolfhound Press, Dublin, 1986). His collection of short stories, Tales from Rainwater Pond (Pillar Press 2006) He updated and re-released his novel Tumbling Down in a beautiful collectors’ edition, published by Tassel Press, in May 2008.